Shared residency ‘cuts mental health problems’ in children

January 18, 2018 2 comments

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Young people who divide their time between their parents after divorce enjoy better mental health, new research suggests. Researchers at RKBU Vest (the Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare) in Bergen, Norway, compared different living arrangements made by divorced parents for their children. A total of 7700 children were polled…

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Children of single mothers don’t suffer

July 5, 2017 19 comments

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The children of single mothers do just as well growing up as their peers with two parents, a new study suggests. A researcher from the VU (Vrije Universiteit) University Medical Centre in Amsterdam has challenged the notion that a child must be raised by both parents to avoid difficulties in their youth and later in…

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Government promises are ‘not enough’ for single parents

November 25, 2016 15 comments

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The promises made by the government in this week’s Autumn Statement are not enough to help struggling families, a charity has claimed. Single parent organisation Gingerbread has said that Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond “missed a crucial opportunity” to help single parent families. Measures announced during the Statement included an increase in the national…

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Millions owed to single parents in child maintenance

October 26, 2016 9 comments

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Single parents in the UK are owed millions of pounds in child maintenance, a new study suggests. Campaign charity Gingerbread claims that as much as £6 million is owed to such parents in West Yorkshire, Grimsby, Nottingham, Milton Keynes and Telford alone. The organisation maintains that the average amount of unpaid child maintenance is more…

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Children in one-parent families face more difficulties

October 12, 2016 2 comments

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Children who grow up with only one parent are more likely to experience emotional and behavioural difficulties, a new study suggests. This week the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Ireland published an analysis of data gathered on 18,000 of the country’s children over a ten year span. The research was conducted in order…

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Single father hopes for surrogacy law change

August 18, 2016 0 comments

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A single father who used a surrogate mother to have a child hopes the laws which regulate these agreements will soon be changed. The man’s son was born two years ago following a surrogacy agreement with a woman in the United States. The child was conceived using a third party donor egg. Under American law,…

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Shared residency boosts wellbeing of children

January 27, 2016 4 comments

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Children whose parents share care and residence are happier than the offspring of single parents, Swedish researchers have claimed. In a study with the wordy title Psychological complaints among children in joint physical custody and other family types: Considering parental factors, researchers from Stockholm University and the nearby Karolinska Institutet examined demographic data relating to…

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